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    Windows 8.1 Tablet battery discharge

    Should a Windows 8 tablet battery be fully discharged in the same way as other such devices? I've Googled this but can't find any real answers. I'm thinking it is ok if no programs or apps are running.

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    No, the only time you should do this to a lithium-ion battery is when it cuts out before reaching 0% on the battery meter.

    Running a Lithium-ion battery down all the way will actually shorten its overall lifespan, as they are only good for a certain amount of full discharge/recharge cycles.

    The practice of running batteries down to 0% before charging them again only applies to the old "Ni-Cad" batteries.
    Edited by: "SUMMONER" 21st Jul 2014

    Original Poster

    Thanks for that.

    SUMMONER

    No, the only time you should do this to a lithium-ion battery is when it … No, the only time you should do this to a lithium-ion battery is when it cuts out before reaching 0% on the battery meter.Running a Lithium-ion battery down all the way will actually shorten its overall lifespan, as they are only good for a certain amount of full discharge/recharge cycles.The practice of running batteries down to 0% before charging them again only applies to the old NiMH batteries.



    Ni-Cad (Nickel Cadmium) batteries, not NiMH which do not have memory issues, and much like Li-Ion batteries are damaged by reducing their charge to 0.

    With Li-Ion, it is best to only ever reduce the charge below 50% if necessary, keep it as high as possible as much as possible. The act of charging is damaging to the battery, and the deeper the charge cycle, the more damaging it is.

    dlee1

    Ni-Cad (Nickel Cadmium) batteries, not NiMH which do not have memory … Ni-Cad (Nickel Cadmium) batteries, not NiMH which do not have memory issues, and much like Li-Ion batteries are damaged by reducing their charge to 0.


    My bad, Ni-Cad is correct. Thanks!
    Edited by: "SUMMONER" 21st Jul 2014

    What he said ^ X)

    Just through being careful and conservative I've only used 51 cycles on my 7 month old MacBook.
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